Easy Maple Sugar Snow Candy

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We made maple sugar candy with the freshly fallen snow today.  Only two ingredients:  maple syrup and snow. This is the perfect activity to go along with the book, Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Laura’s grandmother makes maple sugar candy.  The family fills pans with fresh snow and Grandma Ingalls ladels syrup onto them.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prairie

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The book:  Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  

If you don’t have any snow, you can use crushed ice instead. You will also need a saucepan and a thermometer.  A candy thermometer is helpful, but I used our meat thermometer and it worked just fine.

Easy Maple Snow Sugar Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. pure maple syrup.
  • A bowl of snow

Directions:

  • Heat syrup over very low heat until it begins to boil.  Stir frequently.
  • Continue to boil until thermometer reaches 233°F.
  • Remove pan from heat and cool for approximately 50 to 60 minutes, or until the temperature on the thermometer reads about 110°F.
  • Then pour onto plates of clean snow or crushed ice.  Making a little hole in the center of snow/ice helps contain the syrup mix so it doesn’t run down the snow and off the sides of the plate.

The syrup will harden into a candy like substance. It is easily removed from the snow. Eat and enjoy!

Math and Science

This activity contains some simple math and science concepts for younger children. Measuring the ingredients and the temperature incorporates math concepts into this activity.  The science:  Water boils at 212 degrees Farenheit and that this can vary depending on altitude.